The fascination with the zombie subculture hasn’t skipped over Full Sail: two recent projects from the Film and Creative Writing for Entertainment programs are shining a light on the undead, and both have recently been selected to appear at a couple of notable film festivals.
Dead Walk the Earth, a documentary shot last October by eight students in the Film program’s Documentary Filmmaking course, explains the appeal of the zombie phenomenon and follows hundreds of people as they dress up and take part in an annual “zombie walk.” It had its world premiere at the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival in Palm Bay, Florida, was screened at Enzian’s Film Slam and May, and was just selected to be screened at the upcoming Syracuse Horror & More Festival in New York.
“I think what makes this student documentary stand out beyond the rest of the zombie-influenced content in the media right now is that Ron T. Baker [the director] and his creative team captured the passion and excitement of what it’s like to be a part of one of these intriguing events,” says Dean McDermitt, a Documentary Filmmaking Lab Specialist and the film’s producer. “He not only entertains the audience, but he also gives us some insight into why people participate in this cultural phenomenon.”
Another zombie-inspired Full Sail creation heading to the film festival circuit is Bubba Earl: Zombie Hunter, a short movie created as a final project by Creative Writing for Entertainment students in the Visual Thinking and Writing course. Also shot last October, the short follows YouTube personality Bubba Earl as he returns to the site of a zombie hot-zone to retrieve a helmet camera he had affixed to a zombie the night before. It’ll be screened at next month’s Atlanta Horror Film Festival.
“The students worked together on the concept, the script, and the production,” says Chris Ramsey, the Visual Thinking and Writing Course Director. “The actual production involved a full day of shooting on the backlot, with over sixty extras and a lot of zombie make-up. These were not Film students, and they were not actors, but as writers they knew what they wanted, and they pulled it off.”
Check out both of the films below: